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Confetti falls as the Golden State Warriors celebrate beating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals to become NBA Champions at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

From Hamptons to Champions: Key dates that made the 2016-17 Warriors what they are

At this time last year, general manager Bob Myers was admitting to…

 

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) lays the ball up against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mr. Reliable: KD-Warriors marriage works better than ever could’ve been imagined

OAKLAND — Three of Kevin Durant’s four best performances of the 2016-17 season…

 

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates the Golden State Warriors becoming NBA Champions after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Now and next: The players who carried Golden State to its second title in three years

The Golden State Warriors mantra of “Strength in Numbers” has been repeated…

 

Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors get Steve Kerr back for Game 2 of the NBA Finals

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines for the…

Steve Kerr will be back on the sidelines for the Golden State Warriors. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors expect Cavs to change gameplan — Cleveland vet disagrees

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers said after Game 1 that it was…

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson (24) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 1, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

4 things to watch for in the NBA Finals that are finally here

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors experienced an eight-day layover before their…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on January 16, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr sits with members of his coaching staff after practice on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Unfortunately, it’s more of the same for Steve Kerr

OAKLAND — For the third time in the playoffs, Golden State Warriors…

Steve Kerr sits with members of his coaching staff after practice on Thursday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Mike Brown and the Warriors briefly had to pretend they didn't know who they'd play in the NBA Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors forced to play pretend while Cavs take care of business

OAKLAND — The Warriors held practice during the morning. So, they had to…

Mike Brown and the Warriors briefly had to pretend they didn't know who they'd play in the NBA Finals. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry soars for a layup as Manu Ginobli can only watch. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors headed to third-straight NBA Finals after sweeping West playoffs

Fo’, Fo’, Fo’ equals three SAN ANTONIO — The Golden State Warriors…

Stephen Curry soars for a layup as Manu Ginobli can only watch. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors roll as Popovich plays long game

SAN ANTONIO — Sports can be so simple. For the San Antonio…

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors took care of a shorthanded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Kawhi Leonard hobbles down the court after hurting his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Kawhi out, Warriors aim to avoid letdown

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is holding…

Kawhi Leonard hobbles down the court after hurting his ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in Oakland. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the San Antonio Spurs’ ability to bounce back without Kawhi Leonard. If they can’t reverse that quickly, the Golden State Warriors will have plenty of downtime before the NBA Finals. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gregg Popovich’s act fails to motivate Kawhi-less Spurs

OAKLAND — When Gregg Popovich put on a show, calling Zaza Pachulia…

Gregg Popovich was disappointed in the San Antonio Spurs’ ability to bounce back without Kawhi Leonard. If they can’t reverse that quickly, the Golden State Warriors will have plenty of downtime before the NBA Finals. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant’s brilliance pushes Utah to the brink of elimination

The Golden State Warriors didn’t play particularly well on Saturday. They threw…

Kevin Durant, seen here on May 4. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a three pointer during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Draymond, Steph enjoy ‘carte blanche’ freedom with Warriors

OAKLAND — Just inside the opening minute of the Golden State Warriors’…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a three pointer during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after he makes a jumper against the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jazz’s best doesn’t matter against Warriors

OAKLAND — The Utah Jazz got what they needed desperately: Their two…

Fans cheer for Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) after he makes a jumper against the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr doesn't have a timetable to return to the sideline. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr designed system for Warriors to thrive without him

OAKLAND — In January, at the Golden State Warriors’ groundbreaking ceremony for the…

Steve Kerr doesn't have a timetable to return to the sideline. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
JaVale McGee was feeling himself against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

JaVale McGee, the Warriors’ 7-foot security blanket

PORTLAND, Ore. — JaVale McGee is the epitome of “a different kind…

JaVale McGee was feeling himself against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the Warriors asserted their will from the opening tip on Monday, completing their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors leave no room for doubt, sweep Blazers

Dubs blitz Blazers, cruise to some well-deserved time off PORTLAND, Ore. —…

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and the Warriors asserted their will from the opening tip on Monday, completing their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr met with reporters on Sunday after being forced out for Saturday's Game 3 in Portland. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr to miss Game 4, leaves open possibility he misses rest of season (VIDEO)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Complications from back surgery have been dogging Golden State…

Steve Kerr met with reporters on Sunday after being forced out for Saturday's Game 3 in Portland. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
JaVale McGee slams home a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, when the reserve center was again a differencemaker. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Warriors play the ungracious guest in Portland

Warriors push Blazers to brink with impressive come-from-behind win PORTLAND, Ore. —…

JaVale McGee slams home a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, when the reserve center was again a differencemaker. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)